Theory of Multuple Intelligences

Created by: Howard Gardner

Seven Distinct Intelligences

Born July 11th, 1943According to this theory, "we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves." Gardner says that these differences "challenge an educational system that assumes that everyone can learn the same materials in the same way and that a uniform, universal measure suffices to test student learning. Indeed, as currently constituted, our educational system is heavily biased toward linguistic modes of instruction and assessment and, to a somewhat lesser degree, toward logical-quantitative modes as well." Gardner believes sudents are more successful if they use a variety of ways to learn instead of using just one. These are the seven styles the Gardner believes students learn:1. Visual-Spatial- Aware of your environments. Like to draw, do puzzles, and look at maps. They can be taught thorugh drawings, verbal, and physical imagery.2. Bodily-kinesthetic- Use the body effectively. They like movement, making things, and touching. Taught through physical activity, hands-on learning, acting out, and role playing.3. Musical- Love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, and tapping out time.4. Interpersonal- Students learn through interaction. They have many friends, empathy for others, and street smarts. They can be taught through group activities, seminars, and dialogues5. Intrapersonal- Tend to shy away from others. They're in tune with their inner feelings, they have wisdom, intuition and motivation, as well as a strong will, confidence and opinions. Taught through independent study and introspection.6. Linguistic- Have highly developed auditory skills and often think in words. They like reading, playing word games, making up poetry or stories. Taught by encouraging them to say and see words, and read books together.7. Logical -Mathematical- Think conceptually, abstractly and are able to see and explore patterns and relationships. Like to experiment, solve puzzles, and ask cosmic questions. They can be taught through logic games, investigations, and mysteries.